Hi Scotty! I'm really interested in purchasing a manual Nissan Xterra as a vehicle to take my dog hiking and exploring in some of the rough off-roads in the pacific northwest. I love the design and it is a beast that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. I've watched a lot of your videos regarding Nissan's declining quality since their partnership with Renault in 1999, but the only common problem with the Xterra (and the Frontier) appears to be in the 2nd generation 2005 - 2010 with their automatic transmissions due to faulty radiators causing coolant to leak and mix with transmission fluid. I'd like to get a pre-2005 Xterra closer to the Renault partnership, but getting a vehicle with low mileage has been a challenge. I really like the look of the current 5th generation Toyota 4Runner, but their resale value is a lot higher and you don't get as much grit for your money. A 2002 3rd generation would be ideal because of how popular it was by the 4Runner community, but again the mileage would be more than what I am looking for. I think the Xterra's a great value, but do you think there is something I am not considering?

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Techsus
Techsus

Get a Toyota. Don't buy a migraine. I love the looks of the X-Terra. But the love stops at its cosmetics. Get a Land Cruiser or RAV4. No post-2000 Renault-Nussan merger POJs.

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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toyota will outlast that thing 3 times. But yea, they cost more. You get what you pay for in this case. But NEVER buy a nissan with more than 100 K on it, toyotas, it' doesn't matter